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“Money Talks”
28 February 2018 Pro Bono & Human Rights

“Money Talks”

Recently, the CDH Finance & Banking and Pro Bono & Human Rights Practices took on the challenge to work together to develop platforms for the Finance & Banking Practice to provide pro bono legal services. As you can imagine, given that the overwhelming majority of finance and banking clients are banks and other large financial institutions, there simply aren’t too many traditional finance and banking clients out there in need of pro bono work. Therefore, sourcing these pro bono opportunities has been notoriously difficult – until now.

Impartiality – The cornerstone of any fair and just legal system
28 February 2018 Administrative & Public Law

Impartiality – The cornerstone of any fair and just legal system

The Constitutional Court in President of the Republic of South Africa & Others v South African Rugby Football Union & others [1999] ZACC 9; 1999 (4) SA 147 (CC) para 28 has held that the right of recusal is designed to ensure that a person before a court should have a fair trial, and this right it entrenched in our Constitution.

CDH recognised as leading firm by Dealmakers in 2017
27 February 2018 Corporate & Commercial

CDH recognised as leading firm by Dealmakers in 2017

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) has been recognised by DealMakers as the local law firm that has consistently advised on the most number of M&A deals in South Africa. The firm clinched the prestigious M&A Deal Flow award for the ninth consecutive year – with deals totalling R119,576 billion in value – at the annual DealMakers Awards last night. CDH was awarded second place in the M&A Deal Value category. The firm also achieved notable M&A Deal Flow and Deal Value rankings in the BEE and Africa categories.

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Public sector beware: executive action requires reasons and a record
16 August 2017 Dispute Resolution

Public sector beware: executive action requires reasons and a record

Rule 53 of the Uniform Rules of Court is a tool available to applicants wishing to review decisions before the courts. It requires a decision-maker against whom an application for review is launched to produce the record of and (in some cases) reasons for the impugned decision within 15 days of the application.

Contempt of court…on Facebook and WhatsApp?
14 August 2017 Employment

Contempt of court…on Facebook and WhatsApp?

The Labour Relations Act regulates the right to strike and provides mechanisms to ensure the protection of employees who embark on protected strikes. Despite the clear letter of the law, some unions and employees have misunderstood the extent of the protections conferred by the right to strike. A tough lesson was learnt by the Commercial Stevedoring Agricultural & Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU) and certain striking employees when they embarked on a protected but acrimonious strike at Robertson Winery.

Women in the workplace
14 August 2017 Employment

Women in the workplace

In South Africa, we have several laws ensuring the protection of women in the workplace. The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa confirms that “everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law”. Employment legislation has been enacted in order to give effect to the Constitution and to protect all employees, including women in the workplace.

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An agent's right to commission
2 January 2008 Dispute Resolution

An agent's right to commission

An agent will have a claim for commission on a sale agreement if he introduced the parties to one another, thereby being the effective cause of the sale.

Beware the bogeyman
6 November 2004 Black Economic Empowerment (BEE)

Beware the bogeyman

The macro-economic rationale that lies at the heart of black economic empowerment (BEE) is to address the...

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Tax Law Amendment Act
16 May 2016 Tax & Exchange Control

Tax Law Amendment Act

The ministry of finance says that the 2015 Tax Law Amendment Act provisions relating to retirement will come into force on 1 March 2016, however the annuitization requirement for provident fund will be postponed to the 1 March 2018 but some tax experts are concerned that the delays will hit consumers in the long term. Ruaan van Eeden, director in the Tax and Exchange Control practice explains the implications of this latest development.

Johan Jacobs talks about the budget speech
16 May 2016 Trusts & Estates

Johan Jacobs talks about the budget speech

Johann Jacobs, national practice head and director in the Trust and Estates practice talks about the budget speech which was delivered by the finance minister from trusts tax perspective.

Employment tax incentives
10 March 2016 Tax & Exchange Control

Employment tax incentives

Nicole Paulsen, associate in the Tax and Exchange Control practice speaks about employment tax incentives and how it expires.